Cocteau Twins - Treasure - Review
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critics' view

1984's Treasure rightly ranks alongside Blue Bell Knoll in 1988 and Heaven or Las Vegas in 1990 as a career highpoint. The introduction of Simon Raymonde on bass, thus making the band a trio till their demise in 1997, proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle. This release, though embraced by fans, was initially treated with dissatisfaction by the band – who classed it as the sound of working out how to operate as a trio – but the ethereal beauty of opener “Ivo”, the beat-less and spooked out “Beatrix”, the eerie ambience of “Otterley”, and the sheer dreaminess of “Pandora” is a million miles from their debut album just two years previously. That leap from tentative beginnings to striding alchemists of sound in such a short amount of time hasn’t been replicated by any band since. It was a gift from another world, and the great thing was, it kept giving.

Chris Todd
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